Ok, so as the title states this will be my attempt to upgrade my existing RHD RS4 JHM Stage 1 Supercharger to their long awaited Stage 1+ offering.
Link to my Stage 1 install for anyone that haven’t seen it and might care to look…http://audirevolution.net/forum/index.php?topic=4230.0
Perhaps something I neglect to add to subject line of my Stage 1 install was the fact that it was a RHD install which required some additional work especially as far as the air conditioner is concerned.
Make no mistake, the Stage 1 is a huge improvement over stock and definitely delivers on the HP figures JHM claims. It takes that sweet high revving 8-10 year old V8 engine and bumps the HP & Torque figures to modern day territory and I guess the 1+ will add more of the same and some. So, if the Stage 1 make such a big difference then why bother with Stage 1+??
Well here is my take on it, its simple, I am not normal, normal people won’t fit a S/C to their RS4 to begin with, they don’t go to bed at night thinking about the beast in the garage, solve problems in their mind in front of the TV, jump up out of bed in the middle of the night to make a quick note or drawing of something that came to mind, and the list goes on and on and on, I don’t have to list them all, the abnormal people reading this will know exactly what I am talking about.
So, to get back to the question about why? Well, because I have to, it will kill me thinking about it for years to come and to have the conversation that normal people have namely, I wonder what could/would have happened if I did “THAT” back then, sigh! So, onto the Stage 1+ I go because I have to and I can’t wait. ;D
Herewith just a few picks of what to expect when the parcel arrive.
Size of Box
When you open the Box
If there is anything specific that someone wants to see let me know I have pic’s of most of the individual parts.
First thing to do was to remove the bumper and the lights etc. and I decided to attempt the install without removing the front lock carrier & cradle. My thought was to just put the lock carrier in the service position and save myself the trouble of removing all the hoses and drain all the fluids etc. So that’s what I did and will see how it turns out.
Lock Carrier in Service Position
First problem was how to support the cradle in the service position without the correct special VAG tools. It came to me during one those abnormal sessions in front of the TV ;D and the solution was quite simple. Just used the 2 x Bolts from the bumper support, 2 x copper pipe pieces to fit, used some masking tape to take up the slack between the pipe and bolts, and bolted that to the 2 x provided holes and slid the cradle into the service position, so far so good.
Carrier Lock Tool
The gap should hopefully be be enough to allow me to do the extra required trimming and get the V-belt replaced with the new one supplied with the kit to accommodate the smaller pulley.